India – Ride to the top of the world.
Riding the legendary Royal Enfield 500, we ride about 2100 km in the heart of one of the most isolated regions of the planet. This journey, departing from Shimla, takes you to Kinnur, and the Spiti Valley and Ladakh regions. If you have dreamt of riding a motorcycle in the highest mountain ranges in the world, then this is the tour for you. Explore beautiful remote Buddhist Monasteries. Discover small villages and interact with the locals. On this trip you will cross many water streams, lakes and deserts. The Himalayas is a paradise for motorcycle riders with its spectacular views of the highest peaks in the world. You will ride the legendary Royal Enfield 500 to the ‘World’s Highest Motorable Road’ in the Ladakh region. The high Indus Valley offers incredible landscapes and impressive cultural wealth. The winding roads traverse deep gorges with breathtakingly beautiful vistas. Ladakh is also a Mecca of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. For centuries, many monasteries and stupas have been an integral part of these surreal landscapes. You will have the opportunity to visit the most prestigious sites and meet many of the monks.
|All Inclusive Tour Cost||From AU $5500|
|Single Room Supplement||AU $450|
|Tour Difficulty||out of 5|
|Number of Riding Days||16|
|Tour Starts||New Delhi|
|Tour Ends||New Delhi|
|Total Riding Distance||2260 km|
|Number of Days||16 Days/15 Nights|
|Road/Dirt Ratio||50% / 50%|
|Accommodation||3-4 Star Hotel and Tent Lodge|
|Group Size||Minimum 6. Maximum 12|
|Our fully inclusive tours include:||Highlights:|
Day 1. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport with a welcome garland and transited to your hotel. If you arrive on a morning flight, then you can visit the historical monuments of Old Delhi.
Day 2. Early morning start. We transfer to the New Delhi railway station for a morning train to Kalka. On arrival in Kalka, you will be introduced to your Royal Enfield Motorcycle for the first time. We ride 90 km to Shimla, a hill station in North India in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. Shimla is known for its pleasant weather, scenic Himalayan beauty, World Heritage Kalka-Shimla railway line and much more. On arrival we check in to the hotel and later on we enjoy dinner at Mall Road.
Day 3. Our destination today is Kalpa. This area has all the makings of an Indian Fairyland. At a height of 10,900 feet in Himachal Pradesh, 260 kms from Shimla, Kalpa is located at the base of the imposing Kinner Kailash ranges and Shivling peaks which rise up to 20,000 feet, towering above the clouds. Kalpa itself is spread amidst chilgoza forests, apple plantations and the holy deodhars. It is reached after crossing the quaint town of Recong Peo, which has a hundred-year-old monastery. The overnight stay is in a guest house or camp.
Day 4. The Tabo Gompa, or Buddhist monastery, is only second in importance, in the entire Himalayan region, to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It was developed as an advanced centre for learning by the great teacher and translator, Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, the king of the western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge — also known as Lha Lama Yeshe O’d or Mahaguru Ratnabhadra. The Chos-Khor at Tabo remained one of the most important Buddhist establishments during the time of Lotsawa after the Chos-Khor at Tholing, the capital town of Guge. It is known that the Chos-Khor at Tabo commanded great importance, and for a considerable time, hosted many great scholars and translators in Buddhist history studies. To date, it is the preserver of the Buddhist Legacy and is one of the most important Gompa of the entire Tibetan Buddhist world. The overnight stay here is in a guest house.
Day 5. After breakfast we start riding towards Losar and en route we visit the Dhankar monastery. Today we have better roads and beautiful villages. We stop a few times for tea/coffee breaks. Don’t forget to take pictures of the Himalayan villages and landscapes. Kee Gompa, on the way to Losar, is worth a visit. Kee is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on the top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India. Later we ride to Losar village where we stay overnight. Losar is a small high altitude village which is known for its beauty. The overnight stay is at a guesthouse or camp.
Day 6. Today we ride to Jispa (3142 m) over the Kunzum Pass (4590 M). Jispa is a very beautiful village situated on the banks of the Bhaga River and the surrounding peaks are covered with mist and clouds creating an awesome view. On arrival in Jispa we check in to the Hotel Ibex and relax. In the evening its time for cold beers right on the banks of the river. Overnight is in the hotel at Jispa.
Day 7. Today on our Himalayan adventure we will experience water crossings and streams. On the way to Tso Kar Lake, we will cross Baralacha Pass at 4850 m. Later we will stop for a tea break at Bharatpur. After a tea break we will see great Trans-Himalayan views at Sarchu. It’s then time to have fun on the many hair pin curves at Gata Loops. There are a total of 21 loops as we climb up the side of the mountain. After this we have the Nakeela Pass at 15547 feet. We continue our ride on more plains and the new paved road, then its off-road up to Tso Kar Lake. Our overnight stay is a camp.
Day 8. After breakfast at Tso Kar Lake, we start riding towards Leh. Today we will enjoy some sand off-road riding. We will stop at Pang for a tea beak. Then we have Tanglang La Pass (World’s Second Highest pass). After crossing this pass we will ride down towards Leh with many villages along the way. On arrival in Leh we check in to the hotel and relax. Overnight in hotel at Leh.
Day 9. Today is a free day to check out Leh.
Day 10. After breakfast we ride the 39 kms to Khardungla La Pass (the World’s Highest Motorable Road at a height of 5606 m), with a wonderful opportunity to take photos. The view from the top is spectacular and we have time to enjoy a cup of coffee at the World’s Highest cafe. Later we ride to Nubra Valley. It’s another 95 km from Khardungla Pass. Overnight stay is in the Nubra Valley.
Day 11. Today we ride back to Leh, crossing Wari La Pass (17216 feet). This road opened recently for tourists so we have the opportunity to ride this new route with its spectacular view of the valley. This route takes us to Sakti, a small village that is also the junction for Leh and Pangong Lake with Nubra Valley. On arrival in Leh, we check in to the hotel and relax. Later we explore the market of Leh, with an opportunity to buy souvenirs from the Tibetan market. Overnight at a hotel near to Leh’s main market.
Day 12. After breakfast, we ride to Tso Moriri Lake. Tso Moriri Lake is a high altitude Lake in Ladakh. It is situated at a height of 4595 m above sea level. En route we will stop for tea and a lunch break to enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayas. Most of the ride is along the Indus River which is a symbol of Indus civilization in the East World. On arrival in Tso Moriri, we check in to the camp and relax. Overnight is in Tsomoriri.
Day 13. We proceed to Sarchu today. En route we have a spectacular view of Tso Kar Lake. After riding many kilometers off-road, we will catch up to the main road (Manali-Leh). Then its time is for the Gata Loops, actually there are 21 hairpins when riding to Sarchu from Tso Moriri Lake. On arrival in Sarchu we check in to the camp. Our overnight stay is in Sarchu.
Day 14. After breakfast we ride our legendary Royal Enfield towards Manali. We have one more opportunity to cross the muddy road at Rohtang Pass and we cross some of the villages and towns which we crossed on the way to Jispa on Day 4. We stop for lunch at Keylong and later continue our ride to Manali. We arrive at Manali and check in to the hotel. In the evening we all go to the Mall Road to enjoy dinner and beers. Our overnight stay is in Manali.
Day 15. Today we leave early for the Kalka railway station where we catch the broad gauge train for Delhi. Manali to Kalka is a mountainous road and takes more time due to traffic and road conditions. We take the evening train which takes 4 hrs to reach Delhi. Our driver will pick us up from New Delhi railway station and will take us to the hotel for our overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 16. After breakfast we will be transferred to New Delhi International Airport for your flight home. If you have an evening or night flight then you can do some shopping or sightseeing in Old Delhi and New Delhi. Later you will be transferred to the airport.